South Korea Major Trade Partners


Buying and selling are essential for any country to develop its economy and maintain good relations with other nations. The first table below shows top trading partners of South Korea in terms of export sales (selling), including China, United States, and Japan. The second lists top trade partners of South Korea regarding import total (buying). That is, most products are imported from these countries to South Korea.

South Korea Major Exports

Market Value: 383,590 (millions) – Last Updated: June, 2019

Rank Country (Exports To) Trade Value (thousands) Share (%) Growth (% 5yr)
1 China 90,958,552 23.71 82.80
2 United States 46,153,701 12.03 7.29
3 Japan 27,848,551 7.26 28.37
4 Hong Kong 19,484,613 5.08 7.49
5 Singapore 16,049,432 4.18 183.92
6 Germany 10,304,333 2.69 23.65
7 Russia 9,546,778 2.49 308.13
8 Mexico 8,922,934 2.33 198.05
9 India 8,735,394 2.28 140.54
10 Indonesia 7,641,103 1.99 107.80
11 Vietnam 7,488,080 1.95 130.04
12 Netherlands 6,241,368 1.63 107.56
13 Brazil 5,772,018 1.50 223.45
14 United Kingdom 5,746,615 1.50 4.19
15 United Arab Emirates 5,569,775 1.45 115.32
16 Malaysia 5,559,745 1.45 24.11
17 Thailand 5,493,625 1.43 69.11
18 Saudi Arabia 5,086,897 1.33 197.81
19 Philippines 4,772,351 1.24 41.30
20 Marshall Islands 4,757,166 1.24 683.71
21 Iran 4,172,970 1.09 95.52
22 Poland 4,022,443 1.05 398.35
23 Canada 3,877,558 1.01 14.72
24 Turkey 3,604,500 0.94 52.99
25 France 3,537,536 0.92 30.70
26 Slovakia 3,401,783 0.89 854.64
27 Italy 3,358,751 0.88 (1.44)
28 Belgium 3,118,761 0.81 117.17
29 Spain 3,031,660 0.79 7.94
30 Chile 2,927,581 0.76 313.40
31 Liberia 2,799,046 0.73 63.87
32 Nigeria 2,463,982 0.64 262.28
33 Finland 2,252,976 0.59 32.84
34 Bahamas 2,064,800 0.54 106.98
35 Norway 2,041,658 0.53 533.02
36 Qatar 1,830,128 0.48 710.10

 

South Korea Major Imports

Market Value: 395,376 (millions) – Last Updated: June, 2019

Rank Country (Imports From) Trade Value (thousands) Share (%) Growth (% 5yr)
1 China 76,425,813 19.33 158.33
2 Japan 60,514,007 15.31 31.14
3 United States 38,075,305 9.63 31.66
4 Saudi Arabia 33,772,794 8.54 186.22
5 United Arab Emirates 19,228,196 4.86 163.76
6 Germany 14,386,121 3.64 69.54
7 Qatar 14,371,226 3.63 293.77
8 Kuwait 12,127,306 3.07 216.48
9 Indonesia 11,157,331 2.82 75.21
10 Malaysia 9,782,120 2.47 72.26
11 Russia 8,275,145 2.09 125.39
12 Iran 8,213,088 2.08 237.25
13 Singapore 8,212,100 2.08 84.11
14 India 6,405,207 1.62 246.24
15 Oman 5,688,142 1.44 129.83
16 France 4,562,180 1.15 83.06
17 Brazil 4,321,404 1.09 96.84
18 Canada 4,249,030 1.07 94.13
19 Iraq 4,227,538 1.07 936.97
20 Chile 4,111,731 1.04 112.65
21 Thailand 4,084,617 1.03 73.76
22 Italy 3,806,482 0.96 52.24
23 United Kingdom 3,370,892 0.85 (11.14)
24 Netherlands 3,051,581 0.77 76.51
25 Philippines 3,016,061 0.76 42.27
26 Norway 2,130,096 0.54 280.18
27 South Africa 2,120,066 0.54 112.24
28 Hong Kong 2,080,127 0.53 (36.35)
29 Vietnam 1,886,765 0.48 180.24
30 Switzerland 1,728,836 0.44 42.36
31 Egypt 1,319,043 0.33 291.62
32 Belgium 1,188,379 0.30 30.56
33 Sweden 1,174,957 0.30 54.15
34 New Zealand 1,078,502 0.27 22.66
35 Mexico 976,680 0.25 137.48
36 Spain 969,916 0.25 72.61